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Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

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Address: 1800 Argyle St | Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N8, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 902-451-1221
Event dates:
29 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
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The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every...

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces.Take part in educational workshops, exciting festival events and of course, our daily two-and-a-half hour show jam-packed with world-class entertainment, sure to delight the whole family.This show is fast-paced – every scene only lasts about 3-6 minutes, so there is always something new to see and experience.Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions.Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos.Don't miss the world’s largest annual indoor show. Only in Nova Scotia.

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Spectacular show! A spine-tingling, emotional performance

We visited Halifax on Canada Day which doubled the fun. The International Tattoo performers marched in a street parade in the morning. Then in the afternoon we attended the... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2016
Robert J
Lake Jackson, United States
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Lake Jackson, United States
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

We visited Halifax on Canada Day which doubled the fun. The International Tattoo performers marched in a street parade in the morning. Then in the afternoon we attended the tattoo performance in the coliseum. It was amazing how fast the almost 3 hours passed. We were not only entertained, but moved. Who could not be thrilled when 60 bagpipers with... More 

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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Loved,loved this show. Colorful, humor, precision time flew bu so quickly. Enjoyed the conversation with the locals about the behind scene

Thank Ellie K
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

If you have never seen a Tattoo, you should NOT miss this! This is one of the best in the world. A very unique experience with a long history. There are acrobatics, dancers and most importantly bagpipes! It is a truly moving experience. This only comes once a year , so make your calendar and make a point of seeing... More 

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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

It's something I would expect to be done on Canada day. My wife loved the show. Acrobat group performance and precision sword show by US airforce I liked. If you hate the sound of bag pipes don't go.

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South Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

This was not quite a full fledged military tattoo. I was expecting more pipes and drums. However that said, the talent from the other performers was outstanding. Performers from all over the world and such talent. Wow!

Thank brenirish
Elora, Canada
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

What a spectacle of tallent....pipes & drums ....Acrobats.....Highland Dancers....unfortunatly this comes but once a year , if you have the opportunity it's a must attend

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

I would like fewer acrobatics, more bagpipes and precision marching like the United States Air Force precision drill team. Thanks to Canada for helping us Mainers/Bostonians celebrate our Independence Day. Overall another excellent event. Sat next to folks who manage Ryers lobster in Peggy's Cove and had BEST lobster there the next day.

Thank MLJ65
Liverpool, Canada
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

We attended the afternoon performance on July 7th, which was also the last show for 2016. The afternoon was phenomenal. It was amazing that so much talent, from many countries, was under one roof - acrobats, band music, choirs, Irish and Highland dancers, bagpipes. It went on and on with only one 20-minute break. The entertainment was continuous and so... More 

Thank Sharon M
Yuma, Arizona
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

I would fly back here next year just to see it again! 2000 performers singing, playing, marching, performing with absolute musical and military perfection. Breathtaking lighting and presentations like nothing you will ever see again.

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Bath, Canada
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

The whole show was amazing. There were Military Bands, Comedy (Flying Grandfathers), Kenyan acrobats and high wire acts. I recommend you see it.

Thank Mike G

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